The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

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The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Title: The First Rule of Punk
By: Perez, Celia C.
Published: 2017
Call #: J Perez.C

In this fast-paced and entertaining middle grade coming of age novel, funny but with touches of bittersweet sadness, author Celia C. Pérez introduces readers to Malú, a punk rock loving girl who has just moved to Chicago where she starts at a brand new school. She also makes zines, and in a cool touch, we see her artistic creations scattered throughout the book. A rebel at heart, Malú questions the school’s dress code and her academic mother’s many rules. Readers feel as if they have made a new friend after being introduced to this intriguing character, learning all about what she loves (Mexican punk bands) and cannot stomach (cilantro). The story becomes even more fun and suspenseful after Malú forms a punk rock band with some other middle grade misfits. Will they get their act together in time for their very first gig? Packed with energy, the delightful The First Rule of Punk is great for those seeking a relatable realistic middle grade novel with a strong leading character. Extra points for being set in Chicago!


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